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Frank Perdue

Age: 84

chicken farmer whose folksy television commercials for his poultry company made him a household name—and face. When he began appearing in Perdue ads in 1970, annual sales were $56 million; by 1991 the figure reached $1.2 billion.

Died: Salisbury, Md., March 31, 2005

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